I know. I do too.
I occasionally get an e-mail from a reader saying I have too many ads or the popup ads get in the way of enjoying the great content. I totally understand. I don’t like them either.
Unfortunately, I have to have them just like a lot of other bloggers do. If I didn’t have ads,I couldn’t write this blog. Supplies cost money, the blog costs money run run. Did you know before I even write a word on this page, the basic cost of running this blog before supplies and projects is over $600 for the year? That’s just for my web host, the needed internet tools like security and back ups and lot’s of other services I have to have (like the linky tools for linky parties). Kind of crazy.
It makes my accountant shake his head.
So I know we all hate ads, but they are kind of like commercials. To get good content they are a necessary evil. Luckily as bloggers,we can run ads to make up the difference instead of having to “close the shop”.
In an alternative world, bloggers would use a a subscription service and you would have to pay a fee to read them like a magazine.
What I can tell you is if you have an older computer, or much of your memory (on the computer, not you) is used, you will have a harder time reading blogs with ads, or ones that vlog or play videos.
Here are a few steps you can take to lessen the effects of ads:
– Number 1…. Check your pop up blocker settings. If you are getting a ton of pop ups, it means your security settings aren’t set correctly.
-Block flash on certain sites. If you don’t want to see moving or video ads, you can block flash player on certain sites.
-Make sure your computer files are cleaned up and that you’ve run basic maintenance on it. Ask a techie friend to help you do all of that fun stuff to open up some memory.
-Make sure to have malware and virus program
-make sure all of your flash players and browsers like Firefox or Chrome have the latest setting.
-Subscribe through a reader or e-mail like feedly or blogllovin. Some feed readers show you the entire content of a post with out the ads.
– When you sign onto a blog keep your mouse away from the top of the blog. More than likely it will keep from triggering a pull/drop down.
This should help lessen annoying ads. Sometimes I wish I could go back to the good old days when it was free and easy, but it’s just not the case any more.
And my life has changed, this has grown from a hobby to a business that helps pay our bills. I try to also keep sponsored posts to a minimum as well because I know you guys don’t want too many of those either. We actually don’t make a ton on ads. For those of you who don’t use an ad service or know how it works, here’s a quick version.
For example, A Google ad might pay $5.00 per thousand people who come to our site, but they don’t run that same ad all of the time. Sometimes it’s a $3 ad, sometimes a $2 ad. Talk about watching the pennies and letting the dollars take car of themselves. I make less blogging than I do at my real job per day, but it’s labor of love, and I love you guys too.
So I hope this explains a little about how ads work and why we have to have them. I hope if you really don’t like them, you can find a way to block them a bit to make your reading a little more enjoyable.
Also a reader asked me to give a shout out about Mesothelioma Awareness day on September 26th,
His wife is a survivor and they really want to reach out and educate an connect.
You can visit the blog here for more information